Category: Alumni

Read stories about Neag School of Education alumni.

From Math Instructor to Administrator, Neag School Alumna Named National Principal of the Year

February 10, 2023

Current principal at Haddam-Killingworth High School in Haddam, Connecticut, Donna Hayward, was named the 2023 National Principle of the Year by the Association of Secondary Principles in November, according to UConn Today. “I can’t remember the last 20 years a Connecticut principal won a national award,” Jeffery Wihbey, Superintendent of Regional School District 17 of Connecticut, said. Wihbey said there have been a lot of positive things revolving around her due to her accomplishment and mentioned that there was a lot of positivity surrounding the event as well.

Canton Welcomes Jordan Grossman Home as Superintendent of Schools

January 30, 2023

A roomful of teachers, students and parents applauded as the announcement was made that Jordan Grossman will make a return to Canton as its next superintendent of schools. The announcement came at a special meeting of the Canton Board of Education. Grossman served as assistant principal at Canton High School, as principal of Canton Intermediate School, and as both an assistant superintendent and acting superintendent in Canton, and has been Granby’s superintendent of schools for the past three years. He will begin his new role July 1.

Neag School Accolades: January 2023

January 27, 2023

Throughout the academic year, the Neag School is proud to share the latest achievements of its faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Explore their most recent promotions, awards, retirements, publications, and more: Dean’s Office Department of Curriculum and Instruction and Teacher Education Department of Educational Leadership Department of Educational Psychology Faculty/Staff Students Alumni In Memoriam Dean’s Office […]

The Power of Puppets: New Toolkit Helps Kids Process “Heavy Feelings”

January 9, 2023

Emily Wicks with UConn’s Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry noticed the pandemic-era disruptions to kids’ social-emotional learning and development, and reached out to Sandy Chafouleas at the university’s Neag School of Education. Together they developed Feel Your Best Self, a puppet-centered program aimed at helping “strengthen the emotional well-being of elementary-aged children.”

New Superintendent Chosen for Somers Schools

December 30, 2022

Samuel Galloway has been named the town’s new school superintendent and, pending successful contract negotiations, will officially take over the post on April 1. Galloway will replace Paul C. Gagliarducci, who has served as interim superintendent since Brian P. Czapla retired in June after five years.

How a Connecticut School District Improved Elementary Math Scores Amid a Nationwide Decline

December 8, 2022

When Dan Crispino took the job overseeing the curriculum for elementary schools in Meriden, Connecticut, it was 2019 and he had a big problem to solve. The low-income district, where nearly 75% of kids receive free or reduced lunch, was struggling with math.

“When I would go into classrooms all over the district, I could see that kids didn’t seem as excited about math,” Crispino said. “And it didn’t surprise me that our results were depressed in math.”

Crispino said math classes were 60 minutes then. They are now 90 minutes, beginning with a 30-minute lesson followed by an hour-long block where every minute counts. The class is made up of tightly timed segments, where students and the teacher rotate through small groups.

In One First-Grade Classroom, Puppets Teach Children to ‘Shake Out the Yuck’

November 11, 2022

The five-minute video Denoya’s students watch is part of a series produced through a new pilot program called Feel Your Best Self, or FYBS. Each video is built around a simple strategy to help kids recognize and manage their feelings – or to help friends who are struggling.

“It’s taking what we know works,” says Emily Iovino, a trained school psychologist who is part of the FYBS team.